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The Wright Brothers fraud (several pages)

During World War II, the very first bomb dropped on Berlin killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo. (probably true)

A B-25 bomber airplane lost in the fog crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28th 1945. (true)

Hitler was voted Time Magazine’s man of the year in 1938. In 1939 and 1942 it was Stalin and in 1990 the two George Bushes. (I looked that up in the archives)

In the Great Fire of London in 1666, only 6 people were killed. (supported by several historians)

The guards of some of the emperors of Byzanthium were Vikings at around 1000 A.D. (archeological findings)

The shortest war in history was that between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes. (probably true)

The first railway line for public transport between Liverpool and Manchester opened on September the 15th  1830. On the same day, the accident-prone MP William Huskisson became the first railway victim. He panicked at the sight of the approaching train, was hit by the engine and flung under its wheels. His leg was crushed by the wheels of the famous steam engine “Rocket” (built by George and Robert Stevenson).  (true)

The famous battle of Hastings actually took place in “Battle” nearby. (verified by Charles Rollings)

Before the battle of Hastings, England had been reigned over by Viking Kings for nearly 30 years from 1013-1042. (true)

In April 1667 the English ceded the tiny spice island Run (the only source of nutmeg) in the Indonesian Archipelago to the Dutch in exchange for Manhattan. Nutmeg trade yielded an average profit of 3200% at the time. (Giles Milton, Nathaniels Nutmeg)